Turkish and American deep states

Published on Today’s Zaman, by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ, April 13, 2011.

My regular readers know that I use the term “deep state” quite often. So far I have received many questions asking me to explain precisely what I mean by the “deep state.” I have made some attempts to explain the concept in my various articles. Today, however, I learned that our jargon has already been exported to other countries.

I was recently reading an interview with Peter Dale Scott, who wrote “The Road to 9/11.” What struck me was the title of the interview: “The ‘Deep State’ behind U.S. democracy.” VoltaireNet, which conducted this interview, first asked Scott about this. What exactly did he mean by this term? Scott’s answer is quite thought provoking.

I was recently reading an interview with Peter Dale Scott, who wrote “The Road to 9/11.” What struck me was the title of the interview: “The ‘Deep State’ behind U.S. democracy.” VoltaireNet, which conducted this interview, first asked Scott about this. What exactly did he mean by this term? Scott’s answer is quite thought provoking. 

“The term ‘deep state’ comes from Turkey. They invented it after the wreck of a speeding Mercedes in 1996 in which the passengers were a member of Parliament, a beauty queen, a local senior police captain, and an important drug trafficker in Turkey who was also the head of a criminal paramilitary organization — the Grey Wolves — that went around killing people. And it became very obvious in Turkey that there were [sic] a covert relationship between the police who officially were looking for this man — even though a policeman was there with him in the car — and these people who committed crimes on behalf of the state. The state that you commit crimes for is not a state that can show its hand to the people, it’s a hidden state, a covert structure. In Turkey, they called it the deep state, and I had been talking about deep politics for a long time so I used the term in ‘The Road to 9/11.’ This is why I have defined deep politics as all those political practices and arrangements, deliberate or not, which are usually repressed rather than acknowledged. So the term ‘deep state’ — coming from Turkey — is not mine.”

As soon as I read this, I said to myself, “Look Orhan at what we are exporting to the world” — not a scientific concept, not a philosophical postulate but a word which resembles the mafia-like deterioration of state structures … //

… The Turkish deep state is a threat to everyone living in Turkey, whereas the American deep state seems to pose a threat to everyone around the globe. In Turkey, in every manipulation and hindrance of politics you can see the fingerprints of the Turkish deep state, and in this sense we may need to have a closer look at the American deep state in order to understand some global and regional crises.

I hope all “deep state” structures will be dissolved one day. (full text).

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